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Yesterday we reported that Saints Row IV had been refused classification by Australia's rating board, meaning the game would not be permitted for sale as-is. Deep Silver confirmed to Game Informer that the offending changes would be made, and the title resubmitted.
Today, we've learned by way of MCV exactly what caused Volition's next Saints Row title to miss even the new R18+ rating. It was an alien anal probe.
Specifically, it's an alien anal probe weapon. Here's how the Australian Classification Board described the device.
The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an ‘Alien Anal Probe’. The Applicant states that this weapon can be ‘shoved into enemy’s backsides.'"
When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim’s legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air. After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim’s anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim’s anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians.
In the Board’s opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.
Saints Row IV will arrive on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on August 20, 2013.
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That's why it was banned!?!? Crikey!!
Lmao and here I thought the jumo ***-bat was the top of things!
Yeah well...clearly when Aliens do invade. Australia most likely be left a lone as Aliens would see "Boring humans not as much sporty fun." Pretty much whole world get conquered by said Aliens and there is Australia. Still protesting against Saints Row IV. Even then I think whole Human Race would not try to escape there.
After all seeing in Dead Island. It is proof they couldn't stop an outbreak of a Zombie like Plague! They didn't play any Zombie games because they were too gory and people were being eaten....plus you had to shoot dogs. PETA most likely also home based there I bet you.
Just a thought: Australians dont know how to have fun!
PS: "...this weapon can be ‘shoved into enemy’s backsides.'" lol, just lol!
i guess they didnt want anything in their anus
Wow... just wow....
Hahaha they have no sense of humor
... interesting. Anal probes caused the ban? I would've imagined it'd be the whole "strip down naked and junk thrust yourself into an opponent's face" that would've done the trick, if anything. *le sigh*